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PEDRO PAN BRETHREN WHO HAVE SPECIFICALLY DEDICATED THEMSELVES TO SERVING
OTHERS; WHETHER FOR LIFE SUCH AS EDUCATORS, CLERGY, POLICE AND
FIRE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL AND HEALTH CARE GIVERS; OR DURING A
PORTION OF THEIR LIVES IN CRUCIAL TIMES, SUCH AS MILITARY
PERSONNEL, ARE HONORED IN THE "NOTABLE CAREER PATHS"
SECTION IN THIS WEBSITE.
PEDRO PAN BRETHREN WHO HAVE AUTHORED LITERARY WORKS THAT WE CAN
SHARE ARE LISTED IN THE "HOME" DEPARTMENT.
HOWEVER, THERE ARE MANY OTHERS WHO HAVE MADE THEIR MARK IN THE HISTORY OF
OUR ADOPTIVE COUNTRY - AND IN THE WORLD - IN MANY OTHER DIFFERENT WORTHY ENDEAVORS AND
THEY ARE BEING HONORED HERE.
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EDUARDO AGUIRRE REYES, JR. (Matecumbe 7/61 - ) - LA
Presently a principal [Chairman and CEO] in Atlantic Partners, an international
consulting firm based n Houston, TX(2011) and serving in several
corporate boards, including the US subsidiaries of Spanish
multinationals BBVA and Iberdrola.
Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University.
Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Connecticut, Houston;
and the Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago, Dominican Republic.
President of International Private Banking for Bank of America (24
years with the firm)
Appointed to the State Bar as a non-attorney Director by the
Supreme Court of Texas in 1990.
Board member of the Houston Chapter of the International Red Cross
and the Salvation Army.
Governor-appointed to Board of Regents of the University of
Houston System for six years (served as Chairman from 1996 to
President-appointed to the National Commission for Employment
Vice-Chairman and CEO of the
Export-Import Bank of the US (2001-2002)
First director of U.S. Citizenship and Inmigration Services , an
under-Secretary rank position in the Department of Homeland
US Ambassador to Spain and Andorra (2005-2009)
AGUIRRE was bestowed the Order of José Matías Delgado - Grade of
Grand Officer - by El Salvador.
Bestowed the Order of Isabella the catholic - Grand Cross by
Bestowed the Order of Christopher Columbus - Grade of Grand
Officer - by the Dominican Republic.
Bestowed the 2004 Americanism Award Medal by the Daughters of the
American Revolution and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
He was also awarded the highest civilian decorations by the Holy
See, Andorra, Pakistan and the Royal House of Rwanda.
His many other recognitions include being selected by Louisiana
State University to its Hall of Distinction.
ANTONIO ARGIZ TELL (went to Mary Help of Christians, Tampa, FL)
CPA, ABV, CFE, CVA, ASA and Managing Partner of Morrison,
Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLP.
Specializes in the areas of litigation, support, forensic
accounting, busines planning, valuation and audit services.
Bachelor of Business Administration from Florida International
Leadership of the Year Award by the South Florida Banking
Member of FIU Foundation Board of Directors since 2006.
Served in the governing body of the American Institute of
Certified Public Accountants.
First Cuban appointed by the Governor to chair Florida's Board of
Has chaired the Archbishop's Charity and Development Drive and the
United Way of Miami-Dade Coiunty campaign.
Served as President of the Miami Dade College Foundation.
Member and Treasurer of the Orange Bowl Committee.
Certified Public Accountant in Florida, New York, Colorado,
Pennsylvania & Texas.
FRANCISCO JESÚS AVELLANET GARCÍA (went with sister 1/62 -
foster home in Boston, MA)
Inventor and Engineering Business Executive.
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Holds 27 patents as an inventor and 3 pending applications.
Has developed and commercialized dozens of life-saving medical
devices, including a biologically-engineered stent which is
suitable for multi-drug delivery and provides novel drug-eluting
stents designed for improved performance over existing stents.
His many other invention involvements include an expandable
endovascular support device (cited in General Science and
Technology, March 2000), a guidewire for catheter, methods for
making electrical cables having low electrical resistance, a
polypectomy snare instrument (GST, January 2000), a surgical
instrument with a rotatable shaft (Scilogy, March 2002), a high
flexibility and heat dissipating coaxial cable (GST, October
2001), surgical basket devices, and many many others.
FRANCISCO R. "Frank" ANGONES DEL MONTE (Kendall 6/61 - )
Attorney. Presently a partner at the law firm of Angones, McClure &
Graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami with a
BA in 1972.
Member of the Executive Committee of the Florida Bar Board of
Past President (and first Hispanic* President) of the Dade County Bar Association.
Past President (and youngest attorney) of the Cuban-American Bar Association.
First Cuban-born President of the Florida Bar (2007) [The Florida
Bar is the third largest State Bar in the country.]
Great-great-grandson of Pedro Figueredo, the author of the Cuban
(*) A misnomer. There is no such thing as a Hispanic race, but an
attempt to group all Spaniards and their descendants for easy
MARÍA CONCEPCIÓN (BECHILY CARREÑO) HODES (went with aunt
& uncle in Miami - foster home in Chicago, IL)
Philanthropist and Publicist.
Delegate to Democratic National Convention for Illinois 1980.
Staff assistant for Senator Alan Dixon (1981-1983)
Host and Assistant Producer for WSNS-TV (1984-1985)
Board member of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation.
Contributor to Chicago Children's Museum and other worthy
Delegate to Democratic National Convention for Illinois 1996.
Owner of Maria Bechily Public Relations, which she uses to promote
CÉSAR E. CALVET LUGONES (6/61 - went with cousin to Miami
Beach - Camp San Pedro, Orlando - Camp St. John, Jax)
Presently (2011) coordinates the Latin Market and
International Private Banking Services from Sun Trust Bank and
serves on the Board of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Central
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Economics from
Started as a teller in Sun Trust Bank, Central Florida in 1968.
Has served as Chairman of Florida Housing's Board of Directors (on
the board since 2000) and Senior Vice President and General
Manager of Grupo Bancario Latino for Sun Trust Bank, Central
Has served on several boards and commissions in the Orlando area,
including the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, the
Valencia Community College Foundaton and the Metro Orlando
International Affairs Commission.
RAÚL DE JESÚS CANO CHAUVELL (Matecumbe 2/62 - ) - Gonzaga
University, Spokane, WA
(see also NOTABLE CAREER PATHS - EDUCATION)
Scientist specializing in molecular and environmental
PhD in Microbiology from University of Montana.
Holds degrees in Genetics and Clinical Microbiology.
Elected fellow to the American Academy of Microbiology.
Professor Emeritus at the Biological Sciences Department,
California Polythechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA.
Founder and Director of the Environmental Biotechnology Institute
(EBI), for which he raised $5.6 million to build new research
facilities and to establish new research programs.
Founding Scientist of Ambergene Corporation, he directed the
isolation and characterization of more than 1,200 microorganisms,
Chief Scientific Officer of Ambergene Corporation (1993-1997)
With former graduate student Monica Borucki received US Patent
#5,593,883 in March 1997 covering the recovery of bacteria and
other ancient organisms, including fungi, viruses, pollen and
protozoa, from amber and other ancient resins.
President and Founder of Environmental Diagnostics (2001-2008)
Director of the EBI (1996-present)
Work published in "Science", "Nature",
"Microbial Ecology", "Applied and Environmental
Microbiology" and many others.
Has taught at Cal Poly for many more than 30 years.
Received more than a dozen awards, including the prestigious
Furthermore, according to an article published in Cal Poly News on
July 25, 2008, Professor Cano is "brewing tasty beer from
prehistoric yeast plucked from ancient amber samples."
JOSÉ JAVIER CAROLLO LÓPEZ (Kendall 3/61 - )
Mayor of Miami 1996-1997 and 1998-2001
First Cuban elected to that post.
KENIA MARÍA CASARREAL ( - St. Vincent's School,
Vincennes, IN) [1/3/46-4/20/10]
Education Psychology and Patron of the Arts.
BA Summa Cum Laude from Marian College, Indianapolis, IN. (1965)
MA and PhD in Organizational Psychology, Claremont Graduate
School, Claremont, CA.
Degrees in Master of Arts in Education (Special Education),
Psychology and Education Psychology from California State
University, Los Angeles, CA.
Extensive national experience in a wide variety of non-profit and
grassroots organizations such as Watts Community Center, Project
Head Start as Parent Coordinator, Sophia Salvin Special Education
Early Childhood Unit Model Project and El Centro Mental Health
Has performed pro-bono for innumerable consultations for
grassroots AIDS, women's, minorities' and children's
Named Art Patron of the Year (2005)
A founding member of the Legacy Society of the Long Beach Museum
of Art, past Trustee of the LBA Collector's Circle and longtime
supporter of the Carpenter Performing Arts Center.
Board member subscriber and patron of the Long Beach Symphony
Supporter of the Museum of Latin American Art and board member of
the Long Beach Library Foundation.
Her legacy is to CSULB's College of the Arts to the "Dr.
Kenia Casarreal-Adajian and Judge Jacob Adajian Scholarship
Fund" for the promotion of voice, opera and College of the
[Source: as published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram 4/28-4/10,
JORGE A. DE DIEGO MIYARES (Kendall 12/61 - ) - Matecumbe )
MD. Pediatrician. Philanthropist.
Graduate of the University of Oklahoma.
Medical Practice in Miami-Dade County since 1996.
Received the prestigious Regents' Alumni Award from OU.
Outstanding Physicain of the Year from Memorial Hospital in
Commendationa Award from the Miami-Dade government.
Founder of Doral Medicine Associates.
Has an entire office dedicated solely to helping children of
MAGALI JEREZ TRUJILLO (Kendall 8/61 - ) - Holy Family Academy,
(see also NOTABLE CAREER PATHS - EDUCATION)
Composer of religious music. recognized as an expert in language
and cultural instruction, particularly Spanish.
Masters in Art in Language and Education from Montclair State
Doctoral studies from Seton Hall University.
Member of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign
Languages, The National Association of Professional Women, The
American Association of University Women, the American Council for
the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the New Jersey Education
Association and the Foreign Language Educators of New jersey
MAGALI was one of a dozen members of a group of musicians who put
together the Newark events when Pope John Paul II visited New
Jersey in 1995.
Her book "Empecemos: Cuaderno de Trabajo" (with Aparo
Codding) was published in 1997 and is now in
its sixth edition.
Her song "Oremos por la Paz" was premiered a the Unesco
Palace in Paris, France at the IXéme. Rencontre Internationale de
Chant Chorale in 2003.
She is listed in Cambridge Who's Who.
Her collaboration in the Spansih translation of Bob Hurd's
"Pan de Vida" is noted on the current Oregon Catholic
Press song books.
HUGO LLORENS ACOSTA ( went with uncle in Miami 4/62 - )
Presently US Ambassador to Honduras (2011) - since September
Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service at the Edmund A. Walsh
School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Kent at
Canterbury, England (1980)
Assistant Treasurer at the Chase Manhattan Bank, International
Master of Science in National Security Studies form the National
War College (1997)
Principal Officer at the US Consulate General in Vancouver, Canada
Principal Advisor to the President and to the National Security
Advisor on Andean Affairs issues pertaining to Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru
and Ecuador (2002-2003)
Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Buenos Aires,
Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Madrid, Spain
(2006-2008) under fellow pedropan EDUARDO AGUIRRE. (see entry
ALDO DE JESÚS MARTÍNEZ PAZ (Florida City 2/62 - orphanage in
Totowa, NJ - foster home)
Law, Education and Investments.
St. Peter's College, NJ
Seton Hall Lw School, Newark, NJ
VP of the NYSE (retired)
Law Memberships and Associations:
New York State Bar Association
New York County Lawyers Association
Southern District of New York
Eastern District of New York
New Jersey State Bar Association
U.S. Supreme Court Bar
Intermarket Surveillance Group (ISG) www.isgportal.org
SMARTS Group Holdings, Member of the Board of
Achievements and Community Involvements:
Chairman of the ISG: 2006-2007 - Participation in
the ISG since 1989
St. Peter's College (New Jersey): Member of the
College Board of Regents - 2007 to Present. Working with other
Regents, faculty and administration on entrepreneurial initiatives
St. Athanasius School, Bronx, NY: Chairman and
member of the School Advisory Council - 2001 to 2009 - Worked with
Council members, Principal and Pastor to organize school finances,
prioritized school needs and identified needed school programs and
curriculum changes then worked with Archdiocese of NY staff to
reach out to potential benefactors who provided much needed
Junior Achievement Board Member, New York and New Jersey:
Member of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of New York
- May 2007 to March 2008 - Represented the NYSE and worked with
the Board to determine educational models to bring to the primary
and secondary public and private schools and worked to identify
curriculum and parent involvement opportunities
Junior Achievement Presenter, New York and New Jersey:
From 1987 to 2008 provided in-classroom instructions on several
courses including topics such as "Enterprise at Work" in
primary schools and "International Markets" at the
American High School of Economics & Finance (Church Street,
Manhattan) 1987 to 2008
Mount Saint Mary Academy, Watchung, NJ:
Development Cabinet member and Chair of the Corporations &
Businesses Sub-committee 2003 - 2007; and Co-Chair of the Cabinet
St. Ann School, Raritan, NJ: Vice President of
the School Advisory Council March 2008 to 2010; President of the
Council - Providing, along with the other Council members,
advisory function to the Principal and Pastor on all school
matters including finances, curriculum and marketing
Recipient of the 1989 Humanitarian Award from "Jobs
for Youths, Inc." of New York: 1989
HILARIÓN MARTÍNEZ LLANES (3/62 - went with friends)
Law and Science
Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics with Honors from Duke.
Law Degree from the University of Florida.
Master's in Law Degree (in International and Comparative Law) with
honors from the University of Brussels, BELGIUM.
Master's in Science Degree in National Security Strategy from the
National War College at the National Defense University.
He has also received numerous Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor
Awards from the State Department.
Visiting Professor in the Department of International Relations at
Florida International University teaching a popular Diplomacy
Currently (2009) is one of only 16 Senior Diplomats with the title
of Diplomat in Residence.
Lari speaks Spanish, English, French, Italian and Greek.
MELQUIADES "Mel" MARTÍNEZ RUIZ (Matecumbe 2/62 - )
First Cuban in the US Senate!
Presently chairman of Chase Bank's operations in Florida,
Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean(2011)
Bachelor's degree in International Affairs from Florida State
Received Juris Doctorate from Florida State University College of
Law in 1973.
25 years of law practice in Orlando, FL.
Served as Vice-President of the Board of Catholic Charities
and the Orlando Diocese.
Mayor of Orange County, Florida.
Ran unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor in 1994.
Served in the Governor's Growth Management Study Commission.
Served as President of the Orlando Utilities Commission and as
Chairman of the Orlando Housing Authority.
Served as Co-chairman of George W. Bush's 2000 presidential
election campaign and was one of the 25 Florida electors.
Elected to the US Cabinet as Secretary of Housing and Urban
Development (2000) and while serving sat as en ex-officio member
of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence
for Hispanic Americans.
Elected to the State Senate (2006)
Chairman of the Republican Party (2006-2007) [First Latin American
so in both parties]
President of Florida Chase Bank (2010)
MEL MARTÍNEZ will always be uniquely remembered by us pedropan
children with a special pride because, out of the
two million plus Cubans in the US, the first US State Senator ever
elected was a Pedro Pan, a member of an elite group of 14,048
children who have always been under-estimated by the Liberal Press !
CARLOS MAYANS MULKAY (Matecumbe 4/62 - Mariana Home, Wichita,
Legislator and Politician
Bachelor's Degree in Political Science form Georgia State
University and a Masters of Arts Degree in Human Resources
Development form Webster University.
He participated in the Leadership in Minority Health Program at
Harvard University on 2000.
10 years as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives.
Served on several committees: Health and Human Services, which he
chaired; Local Government and Kansas Futures.
Served on the Sedgwick County Mental Health Advisory Board.
Owned and operated an insurance agency and risk management
business until 2002.
Elected Mayor of Wichita in 2006.
Has been a member of the National Conference of State Legislators,
the American Legislative Exchange and the National Association of
Latino Elected Officials.
He was also a medic on the US Army.
JOSÉ E. MIRÓ CARBALLO (Matecumbe 3/62 - Casa de Sallies,
First Cuban elected to the Delaware House of Representatives.
HIRAM PÉREZ BLANCO (Matecumbe 5/62 - )
Degree in Speech Communication from Washington State University.
Specialized in the application of theatrical technology to live
Has been published in TV & Video Magazine and Lightning
Dimension International magazines.
First Hispanic to be elected to the United States Institute of
Theater Technology and served in its Board of Directors for 6
Member of the Organisation Internationale de Scenographers
Techniciens et Architects de Theatre (OISTAT).
Nominated to Who's Who in America and Who's Who in Entertainment
Named one of the Outstanding People of the 20th Century for his
work in the lighting on May of 1998 by the International
Biographical center in Cambridge, England.
TOMÁS P. REGALADO VALDÉS (Kendall 4/62 - )
Politician and Journalist.
The son of an atorney/journalist who was the last president of the
Cuban Association of Journalists and Reporters and a political
prisoner for over 22 years, Tomás Regalado Molina.
Started as an unpaid intern at WFAB, La Fabulosa and later became
the youngest reporter on staff at the radio station and ascended
to assistant producer.
Hired at the age of 21 by WCKT (an NBC affiliate) as the Latin
American News Editor and host of the program Tele-Amigo.
Worked for Channel 7 and went back to WFAB.
Reporter for WLTC Channel 23 in 1974 but returned to WFAB in 1977,
becoming the station's first international news correspondent,
covering the civil war in Angola, riots in Soweto, South Africa
and the civil war in Mozambique.
In 1983 became the first Cuban-American member of the White House
Press Corps, having interviewed Nixon, Ford and Carter. He later
traveled with Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton.
Weekly columnist for the El Miami Herald, covering the civil war
in Nicaragua and El Salvador.
Tomás, along with his wfe Raquel, spoke several times before the
Human Rights Commission of the United Nations in Geneva,
Switzerland against human rights violations in Cuba.
Elected as Miami City Commissioner in 1996, re-elected in 1999 and
in 2003. In 2007 he was re-elected by 94% of the voters in his
district, and kept his position as News Director on WWFE La
Elected as City Mayor in 2009 with a 72% margin.
RODRI RODRÍGUEZ (Florida City - foster home in Albuquerque,
Artist and Producer
CEO of Rodri Entertainment Group.
Founding shareholder in a Latino-owned bank and key player in
creating a Latin category for the Emmy Awards.
Produced Julio Iglesias' first concert in the US.
Has produced concerts for big-name Latin artists such as Camilo
Sesto and Roberto Carlos.
Took American acts to Israel and to South America, with Miles
Davis, Ella Fitzgerald and Herbie Hancock.
SANTIAGO RODRÍGUEZ CEIJAS (Kendall 10/61 - ) - Madonna Manor
Orphanage in Marrero, LA (1961-1964)
Classical Music Concert Pianist.
Played Mozart Piano Concerto no. 27 with the New Orleans Symphony
at the age of 10.
Masters Degree from Juilliard School of Music.
Graduated magna cum laude with William Rice at the University of
Member of the Piano Divison of the University of Maryland since
1980, holding the rank of Professor and Artist-in-residence.
Silver medalist at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
Unique life and artistry were profiled on CBS Sunday Morning with
Charles Kurault in 1993.
One of his rachmaninoff recordings won the Washington Area Music
Award for best classical recording in 1995.
Featured many times on all major TV stations, including PBS, BBC
Recipient of the 2005 Ignacio Cervantes Medal.
SANTIAGO has performed internationally with leading world
orchestras, including the London Symphony, the Weimar
Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the National
Symphony Orchestra of Washington, DC, the American Symphony
Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall in New York...the list os almost
In chamber music he has collaborated with the Guarnieri String
Quartet and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
His repertoire numbers over 65 concerts, including Bach,
Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Liszt,
Schumann, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov and many others. Also unusual
works by Strauss, Falla, Albéniz, Granados, Lecuona and
ALEJANDRO ROQUE GONZÁLEZ (Florida City 5/62-6/62)
(see also NOTABLE CAREER PATHS - CLERGY)
Studied Architectural Design at Miami-dade Community College -
Head designer for Sheldon and Lavrich for 10 years.
Missionary Oblate of Mary Inmaculate.
CARLOS A. SALADRIGAS
Founder of Vincam Group, Inc.
MARIO E. SÁNCHEZ ACOSTA (Matecumbe 3/62 - ) - Mount St. John
Academy, Gladstone, NJ
Playwright, Actor, Artistic Director and Producer
Director of Teatro Avanti, established in 1979.
Producer of the widely-acclaimed International Hispanic Theatre
Received the 2007 Special Recognition Award from the Arts and
Business Council of Miami.
Mario presents an International Festival of Hispanic Theatre each
June in Florida.
JORGE L. VIERA RODRÍGUEZ (Matecumbe 9/62 - ) - foster homes in
Queens, NY and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
International Banker. Presently (2011) Senior Vice-President
and Manager of the International Private Banking Division of
Northern Trust, NA in Florida. Also serves a Vice Chairman of
Northern Trust Cayman International, Ltd.
Masters in Business Administration.
Past president of the Florida International Bankers Association,
composed of 83 domestic and foreign institutions from 24
Active Board member of several non-profit and charitable
organizations. A member of numerous foreign and national Chambers
of Commerce and a Director of Save the Children Worldwide
Decorated by the French Government with the distinction of
Chevalier des Palmes Academiques.
OCTAVIO J. VISIEDO
BA degreee in History and M.Ed. from the University of Miami.
First Miami-Dade Cuban school supervisor (1990)
Founded Chancellor Academies in 1999 and led he merger with Beacon
Education Management (now Imagine Scholls) in 2001.
Escogido por el presidente Bush para integrar su Comisión de
Excelencia Educacional para Hispanos (2002)
Serves (2011) as Chairman and Director of Imagine Schools, and
Member of the Founders Board of Informed Families/The Florida Family
Distinguished lecturer at Florida International University.
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